Young Brooklynite Schoolboy Hearkened As Chess Prodigy

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Young Brooklynite Schoolboy Hearkened-As Chess Prodigy M f ' i-4 I NEW YORK (fft A quiet group huddled around a, table In the corner of the Marshall Ciess Club, watching in almost unbe lievable came. The players were Donald Byrne. a chess master, and Bob by Fischer, a 13-year-old Brook lyn schoolboy playing In his first ma lor tournament. Time and again with bold, surprising moves Bobby out foxed his more experiencea op ponent "Impossible," whispered one ,of the onlookers. "Byrne is log ins to a 13-year-old nobody "Mate," said this nobody," and the game was over. Bobby had earned his first victory. In the Lessing J. Rosenwald Trophy Tournament. Chess Review magazine called It the "game of the century a . stunning masterpiece of combination play performed, by a boy nf is against a formidable op ponent, matching the finest on record in the history of chess prodigies." Bobby dldnt win the Rosen-wald tournament - the trophy went to Sammy Reshevsky, the ranking U. 8. player but the crew-cut youngster who would rather play chess than eat established himself as a young man to watch. New York chess enthusiasts have recognized Bobby's ability for several years. Hans Kmoch, secretary-manager of the Manhattan Chess Club says: "For his age, I don't thing there Is any better chess player In - the world.- He- is - a - genuine prodigy and one of the best players In our club." Bobby appears embarrassed by all the attention he has drawn , since he defeated Byrne. "I Just made the moves I . thought were best," he says mod estly. "I was Just lucky." Where did he learn the game? "My sister taught me when I was ," he says. "She was 12 greatest players of all time t is i Mm EXPERT AT 13: Bobby Fisher studies move on way to victory over Donald Byrne, one of the best chess players in the United States. and didn't know too much about the game, but she told me where and how to move the pieces. I liked it and have been playing It ever since." Does he want to continue play-come one of the great players? ing the game and perhaps be- "I could play chess all my life,"- he answers shyly. "I -like tournaments and would like to play in a lot of them. As for being great, I don't know about that." Kmoch, however, has fewer reservations: "The outlook Is brilliant If he continues to proceed the way he has the past year or two, he's likely to become one of the

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  1. The News Leader,
  2. 14 Mar 1957, Thu,
  3. Page 14

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